Iridium GMDSS received the first satellite terminal
Satellite operator Iridium (Iridium Communications Inc.) and its partner, Lars Thrane, on 04/06/2019 introduced a satellite terminal designed to operate in the Global Maritime Distress Communication System (GMDSS), Lars Thrane (LT) 3100S, which meets the requirements for shipments, the entry into force of which is scheduled for January 2020. This is the first satellite terminal designed to provide a truly global GMDSS service and the first, after the decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to recognize Iridium as the second satellite operator in the history – the provider of these critical services. The terminal offers an excellent alternative to a decades-old version and was presented at the Nor-Shipping conference in Oslo, exhibiting at the stands NSSLGlobal (B05-17) and Telemar Norge Marlink (B02-16)
“The recognition of the Iridium satellite network as a GMDSS service provider is fundamentally changing the status quo in the maritime industry. We immediately recognized the unique capabilities of the Iridium offer and wanted to make sure that we presented the very first satellite terminal available for Iridium GMDSS, ”said Peter Train (Piter Thrane), CEO of Lars Thrane. “The Iridium low-orbit satellite network with interconnected satellites allows us to offer many services on all the world’s waterways in one compact terminal.”
Iridium satellite terminal GMDSS
Thanks to the Iridium LT-3100S satellite terminal, sailors will receive an all-in-one system that meets the conventional safety requirements of the SOLAS vessel, as well as serve as the basis or auxiliary communication system. Unlike competitive satellite terminals, this compact device with an integrated GNSS receiver offers GMDSS services along with the transmission of voice, text messages and data. The multi-service satellite terminal also supports shipboard hazard warning systems (SSAS), anti-piracy features, and long-range identification and tracking (LRIT).
With all three GMDSS services in one low-cost, compact satellite terminal operating globally, more and more seafarers will be able to take advantage of life-saving opportunities, ”said Kyle Hurst, director of maritime safety and security at Iridium. – Navigation and meteorological warnings from satellite terminals transmitting maritime safety information will help seafarers avoid hazards. The new Distress Alert and Distress Voice distress alert features will help. This provides a key Iridium approach: use our unique technology to make the oceans safer. ”
“The new Lars Thrane GMDSS satellite terminal is different from any other option the maritime industry has ever had and can satisfy all the communications needs of any size ship, not just SOLAS,” said Wouter Deknopper, vice president and general manager of the maritime sector Iridium. – A new era of choice, global coverage, innovation and reliability come to the maritime industry with the Iridium GMDSS and our recent launch of the Iridium Certus L-band service. We are proud to be able to help with this. ”
For decades, only Inmarsat has been authorized as a GMDSS satellite service provider, limiting coverage and to some extent suppressing innovation. The addition of the Iridium satellite operator as a GMDSS provider for the first time will expand the coverage of this service to one hundred percent of the world’s waterways, including such dangerous A4 regions as the Arctic and Antarctic. In April, Iridium and IMSO (International Mobile Satellite Organization) announced the signing of the Public Service Agreement (PSA), which sets out the requirements under which IMSO should act as the company that regulates and oversees the Global Maritime Distress Communication System provided by Iridium. This was a key moment in the direction of issuing IMSO Iridium Compliance Letter, where the company’s readiness to provide its services to the GMDSS was announced. Iridium is currently at the stage of preparation for the implementation of the GMDSS service and plans to begin providing services in January 2020.
Marinek company offers a wide selection of GMDSS satellite terminals operating in the Inmarsat network, carrying out a full range of activities for their installation, commissioning, connection, maintenance. Inmarsat satellite terminals demonstrate the highest reliability, ease of use, have a well-deserved level of confidence among sailors, ensuring proper safety at sea in difficult conditions. Nevertheless, a market without competition cannot be considered completely healthy, so the appearance of a second major player in this segment is a truly significant event that can best influence the further development of the industry.